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Scrapped Princesses

Statues of the Ruquinjé

The Ruquinjé (六傾姫, lit. Six Toppling Princesses; read as ルークインジェ),[1] also translated as Luquenje, were six princesses of the Alv born in different parts of the world. They play a major role in Elder Tale's lore and are involved with the first World Fraction.

Overview

History

Around 300 years ago, and 50 years after the Ten Kings' War which destroyed the Alv Kingdom, these six descendants of the Alv masterminded the long, terrible war between humans, dwarves, and elves. Some led the remaining Alvs while others manipulated kings and emperors.

Although they were later dubbed "Ruquinjé" (Six Toppling Princesses) by a historian long after their deaths, there is no precedent to believe the six were collaborating. Rather, their individual actions became part of a greater whole. The individual names and origins of these princesses are only preserved in legend, and the veracity of these tales is uncertain.

When they were finally on the cusp of defeat, the six princesses caused the First World Fraction and the rise of the demi-human races as their final revenge, using unknown Alv technology and science. This led to the deaths of over half the world's population at the time.[2]

After the Catastrophe

One of the Ruquinjé, known as Tokinagi, was reincarnated as the Lander girl Nagi. The Half-Alv Village of Oenotheran worship her and await the day that she will return, destroy their oppressors, and create a paradise for Half-Alvs.[3] However, she currently has no intentions of taking revenge for her previous defeat, and her animosity towards humans is slowly ebbing away.[4] Roe2 has a Summon, Sword Princess: Al Quinje, that seems to be an incarnation of one of the Ruquinjé named Princess Lace.

Known Ruquinjé

Trivia

  • In the Guild Hall meeting room that was used for the Round Table Conference, the statues of the women overlooking the room are the Ruquinjé.[5] It is unclear whether they were actually all identical, or if the appearances for all six were based off of one that actually lived near the region.
  • One of the popular translations for the kanji of their name is "Six Scrapped Princesses," but "Six Toppling Princesses" is more accurate.
  • The pronunciation for Ruquinjé stems from the the Mandarin Chinese pronunciation of 六傾姫, which is "liù qīng zhěn." Similarly, much of the Spirit Theory follows terminology and concepts that originated in China, such as yin-yang and qi. Roe2's Al Quinje has its name based on similar roots, but instead of six (liù), the number is two (er).

References

  1. Log Horizon light novel: Volume 4
  2. 六傾姫 on the Log Horizon Database
  3. Into the Theldesia: The Eight Neighbors of Yamato (1)
  4. http://lhrpg.com/rep2_03.html
  5. Q&A with Mamare: December 7, 2013
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